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Rose Ice Cream Recipe (No Churn)

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Rose Ice Cream recipe is heavenly! It is a no churn ice cream that is light, velvety and smooth with just a hint of rose water, vanilla and tinted the lightest pink with Hibiscus powder, topped with chopped pistachios and edible rose petals; this ice cream is so delicate, rich, unique, and so…delicious!

Oh and did I mention it’s a no churn ice cream recipe, no cook and no eggs? Perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, Valentine’s day, baby and bridal showers; anytime you want something light, fragrant, unique and beautiful. 

My people; more specifically my man-children; LOVE this ice cream, well not this one with the roses in it, it’s kind of girly, but they love the no-churn stuff like my Circus Animal No Churn Ice Cream and my Patriotic No Churn Ice Cream. Who am I kidding, they love any ice cream, especially this crazy popular Old Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream.

Rose Ice Cream Recipe square image with two pretty dessert dishes scooped with a scoop of pink rose ice cream, topped with pistachios and rose petals.

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This Rose Ice Cream recipe is one of the most beautiful desserts I’ve made; I’d have to say it’s also one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made! And you can too! Not to be confused with Roses ice cream or a rosé ice cream hinting that it is made with wine, no instead this is a beautiful floral ice cream.

Rose ice cream scooped into cut crystal glass top down shot garnished with pistachios and dried rose petals.

Why You Will Love No Churn Rose Ice Cream

  • An easy no churn ice cream recipe with 3 main ingredients and a few additional mix-ins.
  • Exotic Ice cream without all the fuss!
  • The use of roses in cooking is found mostly in middle eastern cooking and is something you love!

I personally think ice cream is still better from the ice cream maker vs. no churn, but you cannot beat no churn ice cream for a quick, low cost, E-A-S-Y, no bake dessert. Simply whip this up ahead of time, freeze overnight and you will have people screaming for ice cream.

Rose ice cream in a 9x5 loaf pan with ice cream scoop scooping out a serving.

Simple Ingredients

For the full measurements and directions print the recipe card at the end of this post.

Labeled ingredients for rose ice cream recipe.
  • Heavy Cream | This is no place to skimp, real heavy fresh cream is called for here.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk | this is not evaporated milk, but the short squatty can with thick, sweetened milk, I love using organic cream. See variations for how to make dairy free.
  • Vanilla | Here you can use regular vanilla extract, I preferred the richer vanilla bean paste instead, so those beautiful flecks of vanilla bean run throughout the rose milk ice cream.
  • Rose water | You just need a few drops, you don’t want it to overpower the ice cream, I used Organic Rose Water. See tips for how to use rose water in other ways.
  • Hibiscus Powder | optional, but adds nutrients and tints the ice cream pink
  • Red or pink all natural food coloring (optional)
  • Pistachios | Chopped, you can swirl them into the ice cream or just sprinkle them on top, use toasted pistachios or raw pistachios.
  • Edible rose petals for garnish + chopped pistachios

I made this for my sweet mom’s birthday and had my sisters-in-law and one of my nieces down for a lovely luncheon. We laughed until we cried! It was beautiful! 

Me and my sisters-in-law at the table for my mom's birthday celebration, pretty table set with candles and flowers.
Succulent and natural table setting. Perfect for birthday party, dinner party, garden party or luncheon. With image close up of melon ball skewers, plate settings and centerpiece.

How to Make Homemade Rose Ice Cream

In a large mixing bowl, simply whip your whipping cream until stiff peaks form, then slowly add to the cream mixture your sweetened condensed milk, rose water, hibiscus powder and vanilla, mix until combined about 45 seconds. This is also a good time to add food coloring if using.

Smoothed top of rose ice cream no churn in loaf pan.

If using nuts in the ice cream fold them in now and then spread into a standard 9×5 loaf pan or storage container. If desired, line the loaf pan with parchment paper for easier clean up. I love these shallow containers geared just for ice cream!

Smooth ice cream into the container, placing a piece of wax paper on top to prevent ice crystals from forming.

Freeze until solid about 6 hours for firmer ice cream, preferably overnight. Serve alone, or top with a light Strawberry Syrup, Blueberry Syrup or simply garnish with rose petals and chopped pistachios.

I received this recipe from the very talented Michelle from Michelle Sips and Savors she added cardamom powder to hers (1 tsp) which I think is a spice not everyone loves, so I decided to leave it out, but feel free to add it back in!

How to Serve this Rose Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Rose Ice Cream in pretty glasses on wooden cutting board with rose petals, spoons and pistachios for garnish.

Scoop desired number of scoops into pretty glasses or dishes, garnish with some chopped pistachios and a few dried rose petals if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between rose water and rose extract?

While the overall essence is similar, rose extract is a much more concentrated version of rose water; for this exotic ice cream we are using rose water and only a few drops

Can I make Rose Ice Cream in the Ice-Cream Maker?

You sure can, but it’s a different recipe all together; you will instead make more of a custard vanilla base mixture; follow the recipe for my old-fashioned vanilla ice cream, adding the rose water, hibiscus powder during the mixing of the ingredients, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your ice-cream machines.

Are roses edible?

YES! Roses are entirely edible, but I wouldn’t use the ones from your garden, instead purchase food grade rose petals to avoid getting any unwanted pesticides in your roses. Typically found either online, or at gourmet grocery stores.

Does No Churn Ice Cream Contain Egg Yolks?

No, the beauty of 3 ingredient no churn ice cream is that it is a super easy recipe, that doesn’t require heating an egg mixture or making infused milk.

Close up of scooping rose ice cream using an ice cream scoop.

Variations & Substitutions

  • Lavender Ice Cream | Instead of rose water use lavender extract, taste it though, just a drop or two at a time so you don’t overpower it. Then be sure to sprinkle with food grade dried lavender. If a purple tint is desired, for an all natural version, use Ube powder (purple sweet potato powder) or a drop or two of red and blue food coloring.
  • Replace pistachios or replace with your favorite, chopped nuts, almonds, pecans and macadamia nuts would all be amazing.
  • Vegan or Dairy-Free No Churn Rose Ice Cream | Replace the whipping cream with 2 cans of FULL FAT Coconut Milk, scooping out the solid portion and using that to whip. Replace the sweetened condensed milk with vegan sweetened condensed milk and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Bet you didn’t know you could make ice cream from flowers!

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No churn Rose Ice Cream recipe pin with image of two pretty glasses filled with a scoop of rose ice cream topped with rose petals and chopped pistachios.

8 Rose Water Benefits and Uses

  1. Facial Refresher & Toner | Rose water is a great antiseptic and is used in many facial toners, so if you have leftovers, simply use morning or evening and spritz a little on your face. Or even better, bring to the beach, pool or lake and keep in the cooler, using as a refresher.
  2. Sore Throat Soother | Instead of reaching for a Ricola, drop a few drops of rose water into a cup of warm or hot water, its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects will sooth the throat.
  3. Reduces Redness and Acne | Used for thousands of years in skin care, it is a natural for reducing acne and skin redness, use a clean cotton ball to wipe on skin or spritz.
  4. Reduces scars, cuts and burns | Since it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rub it on scars, cuts and burns to reduce their healing time.
  5. Digestion | It has been used for years to help reduce digestion upset and aid in digestion.
  6. Aromatherapy | Spray onto pillows and linens in small amounts, rose water has been a known relaxer, helping with headaches and overall relaxation.
  7. Bath | similar to above, pour a few teaspoons of rose water in your warm bathwater or onto a a damp washrag. Place over eyes or behind neck for a soothing aroma experience.
  8. Drinks & Cocktails | Use a few drops in my Passion Tea Lemonade or this Strawberry Refresher. Add a new dimension to this this Hibiscus Dark & Stormy or this Cucumber Cooler.
Rose ice cream in cut crystal glasses garnished with pistachios and rose petals on a pretty galvanized tray.

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Kathleen. Your recipe looks wonderful and I’d love to try it. I clicked on the brand of rosewater you use and it comes up that it is actually concentrated rose extract and not rose water. The two are quite different. Which did you actually use?

  2. I love making no churn ice cream! My son requested Rose + Pistachio for his 19th birthday dessert. I use rose petals and rose water quite often when I bake/cook, but I looked online to get a feel for how much I should use in the ice cream… and I found your blog! What a beautiful (and tasty) recipe! And I love your about section! What a joy and breath of fresh air you are! Thank you for using the gifts you have been given. Keep shining! ❤️

    1. Well hello Laura, my newest BFF! You made my day with your sweet, thoughtful and very kind words! Thank you! I love that your son requested Rose Pistachio ice and that you happened upon my blog! I hope you will explore some other tasty recipes as well! Happy no-churning to you and happy 19th to your son!

      Kathleen

  3. Our game night crowd is getting together on Valentine’s Day…I am signing up to bring dessert so that I can make and bring this! Thanks for the recipe my friend!

    Hugs, Lynn

  4. This ice cream is so pretty! I can see why your man-children might turn away from it.;-). I’m with you on preferring churned ice cream, but I love the ease and simplicity of no-churn too (and my sugar bugs eat ice cream anyway they can get it). I can’t wait to try it!